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Weekend Outlook July 23-25, 2021


Families are invited to the program, “Conservation in the Parks: Under the Summer Lights,” Friday night (7/23) at 8:30 at Cunningham Park in Joplin.  Discover what creatures are hiding in the night.  Registration is required.  

Guided tours of the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson will be offered Friday (7/23) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  Short hatchery talks will be presented Saturday (7/24).  

Friday Films at the Gillioz will feature the film, “Grease,”Friday night (7/23) at 7:30.  Tickets are $10.  

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Conservation Teens, for ages 12 to 17, will learn new skills as they canoe on Lake Springfield Friday morning (7/23) at 9.  Registration is required.  

The Christian County Library will host a virtual family storytime Friday morning (7/23) at 10.  

The Christian County Library’s Tween Advisory Board will meet virtually Friday afternoon (7/23) at 4:30.   

The premier of the Carbon Trace Productions film, “A Vietnam Peace Story,” will be held Friday (7/23) at 5 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema.  

The Neal Grubaugh Pool in Ozark will host a night swim Friday night (7/23) from 6:30 to 9:30.  

The Branson Aquaplex will host a night swim with DJ Prince Ivan Friday night (7/23) from 7:30 to 10:30.  

The Buffalo National River will present the program, “The River’s Edge,” for children Friday afternoon (7/23) at 3.   A park ranger will talk about the critters that call the Buffalo River home. Wear water shoes and meet at the Buffalo Point D Loop Bathhouse.  

The 66th Annual Ozark Booster Club Pro Rodeo is Friday and Saturday (7/23-7/24) at the Ozark Booster Club Arena in Ozark.  

The Blue Room Comedy Club in Springfield presents Phil Hanley Friday and Saturday night (7/23 & 7/24) at 7.   

Roaring River State Park near Cassville is hosting bluegrass concerts on weekends this summer.  A concert Friday night (7/23) will feature The Bakers and Friends Band, and a concert Saturday night (7/24) will feature The Flyin’ Buzzards Band.  The events start at 7 at the River Shelter.  

The series, Movies at Founders Park, continues this weekend.  See the film, “Toy Story 4,” Friday night (7/23) and “Onward,” Saturday night (7/24) at dusk at Founders Park in downtown Springfield.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.  Concessions will be available.  

Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon will host an informational meeting Friday night (7/23) at 6 at Shelter B.  Park rangers will provide information about the park and answer questions.  

The 2nd Annual Miller Lions Lawn Tractor Pull will be held Friday (7/23) at 7 p.m. at the Miller Lions Field.  

The public is invited to a Community Block Party Friday night (7/23) from 6 to 9 in downtown Lebanon.  The event will feature food, live music and more.  

“Friday 5K” is held each Friday night at 6 starting at the Steel Creek Boat Launch at the Buffalo National River.  Walk and talk with a ranger during the event.  Leashed pets are welcome.  

The Buffalo National River will present the program, “A Familiar Face: The Full Moon,” Friday night (7/23) at 9 at the Buffalo Point Launch parking lot.  Learn about some of the mysteries, myths and misconceptions surrounding the moon.  

The Light the Way Music Festival, featuring Toby Mac, For King & Country and more, will be held Friday and Saturday (7/23-7/24) in Rogersville.  

The History Museum on the Square presents the exhibit, “Making Local Memories: Children’s Television in the Ozarks,” Saturday (7/24) through October 17.  

The Fellows Lake Trails Showcase and the Watershed Summer Gala will be held Saturday (7/24) with group bike rides, live music, food trucks and more.  

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri will host an evening strollSaturday night (7/24) at 8.  Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sunscreen for a one mile walk across the prairie after dark.  Meet at the Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.  

The Springfield Elks Car, Truck and Bike Show is Saturday (7/24) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2223 E. Bennett.  Registration is $20 per vehicle.  

Nixa Parks and Recreation will show the film, “Jurassic Park,” as part of the Movies in the Park Series Saturday night (7/24) at 8:30 at McCauley Park.  

The Logan Rogersville FFA Booster Club will host their annual truck and tractor pull Saturday night (7/24) at 7 at Rogersville Community Park.  

Learn about the importance of stewardship and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and participate in a litter cleanupSaturday morning (7/24) at 8 at the Ponca Access at the Buffalo National River.  

The program, “Expressions of the Soul,”will be held Saturday and Sunday (7/23-7/24) at 11 a.m. at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  

Learn how to draw the Missouri coneflower during the Missouri Conservation Department virtual program, “Nature Art” Saturday afternoon (7/24) at 1.  Registration is required.  

The concert series, JOMO Jammin’ in July, continues Saturday night (7/24) at 7 at Joplin’s Mercy Park with The Community Choir and Mike Greenstreet Band.  Take seating.  Reservations are encouraged.  

The Pridefest Fundraiser Show will be held Saturday night (7/24) at 7 in Joplin.  Funds raised go to JOMO Pridefest.  

The Buffalo National River will host a tourof the oldest existing homestead at the park this weekend.  The tour of the Parker-Hickman Homestead at Erbie will start at 10 a.m. Saturday (7/24).  

The program, “Zinc: Arkansas’ Natural Wealth,” will start at 8:30 Saturday night (7/124) at the Buffalo Point Amphitheater at the Buffalo National River.  Learn about the history of the Rush Mining Settlement and the history of zinc formation in the Ozarks.    

The Little Acorns program, “Terrific Turtles,” for ages three to six, will be held online Saturday morning (7/24) at 10:30.  Registration is required by Friday (7/23) for the Missouri Conservation Department program.  

“Colors of Water: Watercolor Painting” will be held Sunday morning (7/25) at 9 at the Buffalo Point Launch parking lot at the Buffalo National River.  Paint with watercolor along the Buffalo River.  

Show Me Poetry will host a poetry slam Sunday night (7/25) at 7 at Nathan P. Murphy’s, 218 S. Campbell, in downtown Springfield.  

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.